All you need to know about Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Arsenal in the Premier League Sunday morning in quickie form, complete with BSSS analysis and insight:
Arsenal blow late lead, Chelsea take the spoils: What a conclusion in North London. After trailing since the 13th minute, Chelsea used two goals in four minutes to put the Gunners further under the cosh in England’s top flight. Jorginho — who Frank Lampard subbed on after 34 minutes — scored into an empty net after Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno misjudged the descent of a free kick volley in the 83rd minute. Four minutes later, it was Tammy Abraham off a 3-on-2 counterattack, where he held up play for half a heartbeat, spun, and slotted through Leno’s legs to give the Blues their seventh win away from Stamford Bridge this season, and all three points.
Aubameyang puts Gunners ahead: After a high-intensity opening in which Arsenal played with verve and purpose, the home side earned its lone goal of the tilt as Calum Chambers headed a corner service into Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang’s path, and he headed it home for his 13th goal of the league campaign.
Lampard switch pays dividends: Chelsea opened the game with the same 3-4-3 formation that the Blues had used a week ago against the Tottenham, a formation that they were successful using. Well, Arsenal had great joy against it for the first half an hour of the football match, and so Lampard switched things up. In the 34th minute, he subbed Jorginho on for Emerson, and that sorted out more of the issues in the back for the Blues.
HOW CHELSEA WON IT
If a player is on a yellow, then he should — should, should — play with more care moving forward. Apparently, that doesn’t concern Jorginho, who pulled Alexandre Lacazette back near the midway line. There was a yellow shown — to Lacazette, for verbal abuse. Of course, you can’t call what you don’t see, and Jorginho was behind Lacazette when it happened, and the official was on the Arsenal side. But that’s when VAR should say hold on.
Six minutes later, Jorginho scores, and it’s a whole new match.
Tammy Abraham, Chelsea: Great hold-up play on his goal, his 12th of the season in the league.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal: His 13th goal was a cracker, and we have to commend him for the defensive tracking back that he showed a number of times.
Bernd Leno, Arsenal: For most of the match, Leno was on top of his game, even making a brilliant save on Mason Mount in the 11th minute, and doing so with the winter sun in his face. But misjudging the free kick and not getting his paw on that ball was absolutely disastrous for Arsenal.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
Aubameyang now has 45 goals in the Premier League since his debut in February 2018; that’s the most goals by any player in the Premier League in that time.
That match is the fifth straight match at the Emirates where Arsenal have yielded two goals in a match. That’s the first time this has happened since 1965, at Highbury.
Chelsea had 58 percent of the ball, and four shots on target. Arsenal with two shots on target.
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
The start by the Gunners — mainly the play for the first half an hour, and the play before Jorginho’s goal — is what has been missing by that football club over the last 18 months.
But the finish by Arsenal was a typical finish by it. The Gunners during Arsene Wenger’s tenure would have all the possession in the world on some nights, and get burned by switching off with only a few minutes to go.
THEY SAID IT
“It was very cruel the way we lost it, in the first half we saw a lot of positives and saw what we are trying to implement. But the way we conceded was disappointing. It was clear why it was disappointing, I don’t need to say any more.” — Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
“We were so awful for the first 30 minutes; slow, lethargic, nervous. We gave Arsenal everything they wanted. We made the change early, felt it had to be done, and second half we dominated. You can accept a miss-pass but you can’t accept lethargy in a London derby. The players were told that and they delivered. The second half was nothing to do with tactics, it was all to do with spirit and desire.” — Chelsea manager Frank Lampard
Arsenal will host Manchester United on New Year’s Day, while Chelsea are away to Brighton Hove & Albion on that day, too.